The Hood Internet vs. Chicago + We Make It Good Vol. 2

Hey everyone. Just wanted to let you all know that I’ve been going through some personal stuff lately, so writing in the blog really hasn’t been my priority. Also, I’m going to be heading home to visit my family and friends this weekend, so I won’t be posting anything until at least Sunday. But of course, I can’t just leave you all empty handed all weekend, so I’ve got a couple of things to keep you occupied.

First off is the new Hood Internet mix called The Hood Internet vs. Chicago, a mix that contains artists who’ve called Chicago their home at least one point in their lives. As per usual, the mix is awesome, it’s definitely good driving music and I think you could totally work out to it as well. My favorite parts were Wilco, Andrew Bird, and The Smashing Pumpkins, which are totally weird to hear mashed up with hip hop guys, but still sound really awesome. Also, the cover was done in collaboration with Chuck of No Pattern, who’s a Chicago native as well.

To download The Hood Internet vs. Chicago, click here.

The other treat I have is the new We Make It Good, Vol. 2, mixed together by Chris Devlin. I love how Shilo describes th mix, “kind of like if Animal Collective were DJs instead of a weirdo, hippy, hobbit family.” Like, how would you now want to listen to this mix after that description? It’s a lot more abstract then The Hood Internet one, it kind of reminds of somewhere between The Avalanches and Propellerheads, if that means anything to anyone. Also be sure to check out that absolutely beautiful cover, with all of those beautiful grids and those colors are fucking phenomenal. Does anyone know who designed it?

To download We Make It Good, Vol. 2, click here.

Since I love my iPhone so much, I’ll be updating my Tumblr with photos throughout my trip, so if you’re really bored, go ahead and hop over there and take a peak, it usually gets updated every hour or so when I go on trips like this. I hope you all have a good weekend, and things should start going back to normal next week. Thanks for being such awesome readers.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 30, 2008 / By

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Merijn Hos

The Desktop Wallpaper Project featuring Merijn Hos

Merijn Hos

One of my favorite things about The Desktop Wallpaper Project is that I get to meet people from all over the world. Before I started this blog my world was rather small, consisting of mostly places in California, a few random cities across the US, and everything I’ve read in magazines. But now I’ve got friends like Mr. Merijn Hos, an awesome illustrator and all around crafty guy from Utrecht, Netherlands. Currently he’s working on some ultra-secret projects that he can’t talk about, and recently Merijn had a book come out called Black and White Drawings by Bfree, which features his favorite drawings from the last 5 years.

As for his wallpaper, I love how random and cute it all is. All of the drawings were selected from an installation he did earlier this year. But then he wrote that, “I did the drawings in a time limit of 3 minutes each pretending I was a stuffed doll on a weird substance that could be seen in the installation.” To check out what he’s talking about you can click here, it’s pretty crazy.

Bobby Solomon

May 28, 2008 / By

Carbon Salt and Pepper Shakers

I swear that I found these salt and pepper shakers yesterday before I did my versions, I really didn’t plan on posting two salt and pepper related things in a 24 hour period, that’s just the way things work. The little beauties you see above dubbed Carbon (because of their diamond shape, spluh) and were created by New York designer, Gregory Buntain. Greg is currently studying industrial design at Pratt, and based upon his already awesome looking portfolio, this guy has a bright future ahead of him.

I’m not really sure how you’d refill these shakers, I guess I should say how you’d fill them in the first place, maybe pop the top off, but they’re a beautiful design nonetheless. I could see these possibly slipping out of the hands of the elderly or poking a small child’s eye out, but that’s the price you pay for good design! Have a look at the rest of Greg’s portfolio as well, he’s got some rad stuff happening.

Bobby

Found through Core77

Bobby Solomon

May 27, 2008 / By

New Mcginley Inspired Sigur Ros Video for Gobbledigook

Holy crap. Out of nowhere Sigur Ros just released this new single and video for a song called Gobbledigook, an Animal Collective-esque song that makes me really frigging excited for their new album, Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust (With A Buzz In Our Ears We Play Endlessly). Yeah, seriously, that’s what it’s called.

But what really takes the cake is how awesome the music video is! It was directed by Arni & Kinski, and inspired by Ryan McGinley who I guess also collaborated on the video. To me that sounds like they asked him if they could shoot in his style so he wouldn’t sue them and he said yes, haha… Anyhow, the video, in classic McGinley fashion, features a bunch of hot, young things running around naked in the woods. It’s not shot quite like a McGinley photo, but I think the essence is there at the very least. I think combined with the song it’s particularly amazing, definitely pretty fun and out there.

If you’re at work, you probably shouldn’t watch it, as there are boobs and weens ALL OVER the place in this video, so that’s you’re warning. But I highly suggest sneaking behind your bosses and co-workers back and watching it, it’s damn beautiful and the song is way fun. I mean, it’s artsy nudes, they’re not having sex, so whatevs.

Found through Gorilla vs. Bear

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 27, 2008 / By

Vintage John O’Hara Covers by Tomer Hanuka

It seems to me like book covers might just be the next big thing that illustrators start migrating into. I think I noticed the trend with Tomer Hanuka’s cover for Marquis De Sade’s The Immoral Mentors, so it’s fitting that he’s back at it again, this time around creating covers for two John O’Hara books. Both of the books are about people and their difficulty with their social status, and he does an exellent job at portraying that in both covers. The books are Appointment in Samarra and Butterfield 8, the first about a social elitist who’s life starts to spiral out of control when he can no longer keep up with the circle he runs with, and the second about a beautiful woman found dead on Long Island Beach, the reason for her death never known.

I really love the Appointment in Samarra cover a lot, the details in the car are superb and the man cast in so many shadows shows just how dark his life is going to become. The Butterfield 8 cover is beautiful and elegant, showing what a waste her death was. Hopefully Tomer keeps cranking these out, he does such an awesome job.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

May 27, 2008 / By

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